Greek Olympian Papachristou expelled for racist tweet
July 26 , 2012
Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou has been expelled from her country's Olympic team over comments she posted on Twitter seen as racist.
Papachristou was due to compete in the London Games.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee said her posts mocking African immigrants and showing support for a far-right party went against the Olympic spirit.
Papachristou has apologized for the "unfortunate and tasteless joke".
As well as a comment on Sunday referring to the West Nile virus and Africans living in Greece, Papachristou retweeted posts by Ilias Kasidiaris, a politician with the far-right Golden Dawn party, criticizing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's position on immigration.